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Innovative teams reach final of hi-tech awards

The Northern Ireland Science Park has announced the finalists in this year's NISP CONNECT £25K awards.

It aims to identify the research teams with the best scientific or technological ideas - and NISP said this year's shortlist reflected a strong health and life sciences innovation sector.

Shortlisted in the bio-tech category is Gensafe, a controlled-release drug delivery system for the animal health market from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), SiSaf and the University of Ulster.

Also included is male infertility diagnosis kit SpermComet, from Lewis Fertility Testing at Queen's University, as well as RegenaGraft, a synthetic heart valve from the University of Ulster, and OncoTech from Queen's University, which is shortlisted for Ran Biomarker, a tool for tissue and blood analysis of cancer patients.

In the hi-tech category, Queen's is nominated for Compep, a glove to protect jet pilots against chemical warfare; Flish, an antenna which can 'point' at distant signals, and BMT, a device for measuring temperature in the packaging industry.

The digital media and software category includes Warfarin Intelligent Alerts from HSC Innovations and Clinical Communicator from HSC/C-TRIC based at Altnagelvin Hospital.

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